Rayveness started in the porn industry at age 18 and initially performed only with her then-husband (who went by the pseudonym of Red Boan) and other female stars. Her stage name is of Indian origin and means "of the spirit". In 1997, she divorced Red Boan and started working with other male performers. By 2000, she had remarried, this time to porn actor Tod Alexander, but they divorced by 2003.
In 2000, she took a break from the adult film business to pursue acting in the mainstream film industry. She dyed her hair red and wore brown contact lenses to minimize the chance of someone recognizing her. She appeared in a speaking role on NYPD Blue and was in Path to War as President Lyndon B. Johnson's eldest daughter, Lynda. She returned to the Adult industry in 2003 after the death of John Frankenheimer, who was her primary connection to the mainstream industry.
RayVeness took a second break from the pornographic film industry — from June 2006 to August 2007 — to have a child by in vitro fertilization.
In July 2009, she became the first contract star for the all-female studio Girlfriends Films, although the contract allowed her to continue boy-girl work elsewhere. She has since left Girlfriends Films.
In February 2011, she announced via Twitter that she had retired from the pornography industry. In July 2012, she was back performing in a scene for Reality Kings, but retired again in December.
In 2004, she filed a petition with Congressman Brad Sherman requesting that the age requirement for pornography performers be raised from 18 to 21, saying that "People right out of high school in this country don't seem to have the foresight to make such life-altering decisions."
Awards and nominations
- 2006 XRCO Award nominee – MILF of the year
- 2009 AVN Award nominee – Best All-Girl Couples Sex Scene – Women Seeking Women 44
- 2009 AVN Award nominee – MILF/Cougar Performer of the Year
- 2010 AVN Award nominee – Best POV Sex Scene – Jerkoff Material 2
- 2010 XRCO Award nominee – Unsung Siren
- 2010 XRCO Award nominee – MILF of the Year
- 2011 AVN Award nominee – Best Supporting Actress – Couples Camp
- 2011 AVN Award nominee – MILF/Cougar Performer of the Year
- 2011 XRCO Hall of Fame
- 2015 AVN Hall of Fame
Rayveness grew up in the Quaker faith and married a year before she left high school. After she and her husband saw a show on amateur porn films on the Sally Jessy Raphael show, they proceeded to send one in.